A grade – Marble Range v Lincoln South
MARBLE Range has won all three matches against Lincoln South this year but do not count out the Eagles.
The Eagles can look to Chris Minns and Luke Wilkins to secure the ball in the midfield and start the attacking run to the 50, further helped by the run of Nathan McEvoy and tackling pressure from Jamie Doudle. In defence Mitch Jolly has been a standout for Lincoln South and veteran Paul White can really apply the pressure.
However they will need to bring their A game against a determined Rangers team.
Kale Olds should give his team-mates first option in the ruck with Cody Pilgrim and Wade Hansen sure to be around the football. Ty George should drive the Rangers’ attack as he did last week and Tynan Keeley will be the main target up forward although Blaze Kay could make a big contribution to the scoreboard.
To win Lincoln South will need to use defensive pressure to stop Marble Range from hitting their targets but with such a strong midfield that will be a big challenge. Tip: Marble Range by 20-30 points
B grade – Mallee Park v Wayback
Wayback have momentum behind them, especially following last weekend’s win against Mallee Park.
The Peckers should have some players back in and be more formidable this weekend. Billy’o Roderick will go hard for the football in defence while Anthony Roderick and Eric Cook are dangerous targets up forward.
Wayback will need to shut down the Peckers in the midfield and prevent them from setting up inside 50s. Players who can help them with this goal include tall defender Tim Wiseman, who will put his height to good use, while midfielders Simon Hunt and Connor Dowden should win plenty of the football.
Mallee Park should be back at full strength and if they can set up passages of play while applying that attacking pressure they are known for, they should be on their way to victory. Tip: Mallee Park by 12-18
Under 17 – Marble Range v Lincoln South
In what looms as another close match, the Rangers hold a 2-1 advantage and have found some strong form in the last month.
Running back Nick Cooper has been combining with the classy Koby Sampson to set up attacking plays.
In ruckmen Stephen McFarlane and Lochie Warhurst, they have options to rotate through the forward line and captain Jonty Doudle provides a physical presence around the contest while the exciting play of Lane Pennington who loves a goal, should entertain the crowd.
For the Eagles, they have star midfielder Patrick Newman and probably the competition’s most improved player Ben Shillabeer to do the bulk of the midfield work, while wingman Brodie Drewit can play anywhere his coach needs.
In attack Jack Waller and Cohen Dinnison have had consistent goal kicking seasons. Jordan Tyrell plays a no nonsense style of footy and Patrick Sayers provides plenty of run. This game will be decided by the team who can keep its structure and play high intensity football for the longest. Tip: Marble Range by 1-10
Under 15 – Tasman v Wayback
This has the making of the game of the day, with very little separating these teams all year.
They are led by midfield gun Billy Haebich who will go all day and loves to create space and set up team-mates. He will get first use from ruckman Zachary Kroezen and support from Ronan Lovegrove, while in the back half, run will come from Scott Howard and Max Coote. In the forward area Jaiden Jude and Harrison Izzo will look to hit the scoreboard and captain Cooper Perham will provide a physical presence.
Wayback are led by the speedy and strong Zac Mullins and the smooth moving classy forward Samuel Clark, who can turn a game with his accurate goal kicking. Beau Sampson has had a strong second half of the season while Rory Redding and Matt Dickinson are two to watch. This game will be very close. Tip: Tasman by 1-10
Under 13 – Marble Range v Mallee Park
The Magpies will go in as warm favourites against an unpredictable Peckers outfit, having won all three of their clashes this season but upsets do happen in first semi finals.
The Rangers have the running power in Tom Morgan and Eli Giddings, who will both lead from the front. Cooper Miller and Ethan Pinnington can stand out with their marking and goal kicking and a player that can play any position and looks made for finals is River Doudle.
For the Peckers they are led by the athletic Trazen Picket-Carbine who will take the opposition on, while Jordan Wanganeen is a clearance king. Ethan Richards is a goal sneak and will need to be at his best to keep the Peckers in the clash. Of interest will be the young Peckers and how they adapt to finals footy. Tip: Rangers by 11-20